The fourth edition of Emirati Expressions is currently exhibiting works by 15 Emirati artists at Manarat Al Saadiyat and throughout Abu Dhabi, alongside an exciting public programme of talks, workshops and publications.

The 2015 edition of the annual exhibition, Emirati Expressions explores the functionality and usability of art. The exhibition, which will be on display until March 31, 2016, will feature the work of Emirati artists whose projects oscillate naturally between design and fine art, combining languages of form, used to produce a communal, cultural art practice that is embedded in the social fabric of the UAE. Artworks will include wearable textiles, photography, furniture design, interactive video installations, paintings, illustrations, large-scale sculptures, and a live studio where artists will be working throughout the exhibition.

Alongside the main exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat, artists have been invited to produce site-specific works inspired by Abu Dhabi’s diverse and historic social clubs, including the Emirates Writers Union, Armed Forces Officers’ Club, Abu Dhabi Theatre, the Sudanese Club and the Yacht and Sailing Club.
Emirati Expressions IV: Conventions of Arts will present specially commissioned artworks inspired by the dynamic archives of these interactive spaces for community engagement, interpreting them as precursors to modern cultural institutions.

List of Artists
Ammar Al Attar
Afra Al Dhaheri
Zeinab Al Hashemi
Farah Al Qasimi
Salem Al Qassimi
Maryam Al Suwaidi
Sumayyah Al Suwaidi
Hind Bin Demaithan
Rami Farook
Lamya Gargash
Alia Lootah
Ghaya Bin Mesmar
Khalid Mezaina
Nasir Nasrallah
Khalid Shafar

Throughout the exhibition, Emirati Expressions IV: Conventions of Arts will also present a series of public events, artists’ talks and workshops that engage with the UAE’s arts community and wider population. The public programme of events was launched at Abu Dhabi Art last month and will continue throughout the duration of the exhibition; Artscape, the popular event celebrating the arts of the UAE, will also return in February. Maisa Al Qassimi, Programmes Manager, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, says:

“Each edition of Emirati Expressions is driven by a unique curatorial idea that reflects on the shared themes interwoven in the diverse practices of contemporary Emirati artists.
“For the 2015 exhibition, we engage with a theme of function and usability in art, arguing that fine art could be applied for use and dynamic interaction. Objects steered towards social engagement produce tangible cultural relationships that enhance and further their identities as artworks,” she adds.

“The arts of the UAE have traditionally sought a more communal, socially based practice inspired by dynamic cultural institutions, and blend functional design with aesthetic creativity. In setting these artists and artworks into dialogue, the exhibition itself has become a process of artmaking, reflection and engagement with diverse participants and the wider societies of the UAE.”

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